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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as music director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs, Daisy and Clementine, and their son. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and exploring nature.
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Album Spotlight: Jason Aldean, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ – ToC Critic’s Pick

Jason Aldean brings forgotten inspiration to his new ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ album. The ‘Burnin’ It Down’ singer’s sixth studio album isn’t quite the deviation he’s been preparing fans for. If you thought this Georgian was sexy before, buckle yourself down for this collection of country, rock and R&B.

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Garth Brooks, ‘Man Against Machine’: Everything You Need to Know

Details of Garth Brooks' new studio album have been coming in nibbles. 'Man Against Machine' will be release on November 11, and with each set of concert dates, the singer has taken to giving fans another morsel to satiate a big appetite.

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You Think You Know the CMA Awards?

Country music's most important night brings excitement, energy and decades of history. From changes in how the show is broadcast to changes in the actual CMA Awards trophy, only the categories themselves have remained consistent ... mostly. Click to learn everything you need to know about the Country Music Association Awards!

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Carrie Underwood vs. Brett Eldredge – The Showdown

Two of country music's finest modern vocalists will face off in this Showdown song battle. Carrie Underwood topped Tyler Farr over the weekend. In fact, her new song 'Something in the Water' made quick work of 'A Guy Walks Into a Bar.' Can the superstar win a third straight contest?

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Doobie Brothers Team With Zac Brown Band for ‘Black Water’ [Exclusive Preview]

The one-song marriage between the Doobie Brothers and the Zac Brown Band felt natural, says Doobies co-founder Tom Johnston. Fans will find the collaboration on the upcoming 'Southbound' release (out Nov. 4), but can listen to a preview and get a glimpse of the recording process during this ToC exclusive.

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Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’: Everything You Need to Know

Jason Aldean says 'Old Boots, New Dirt' is unlike any album he's ever recorded, but there are still some similarities to previous projects. He's used the same producer and band to record his sixth studio album, he taps many of the same songwriters and leans into many of the same themes (trucks, backroad love stories, rowdy weekends). However, there's no denying that his 2014 album chooses the road less traveled in country music.

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Old Dominion, ‘Old Dominion’ – Exclusive Album Stream [Listen]

Old Dominion is one of country's hottest buzz bands, a five-piece that sings, writes and plays their own instruments. The five songs on their self-titled EP are representative of what you can expect from a live show. Listen to 'Old Dominion' during this exclusive Taste of Country album stream.

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Jake Owen Lets Adorable First Grader Sing, Play Drums in Concert [Watch]

Jake Owen saw a familiar face in the front row at his recent concert in Tupelo, Miss. and decided she needed to help him sing 'The One That Got Away.' The fact that the girl is six didn't stop him, and her mother certainly didn't mind. It had been a difficult few months for Ava Schipke.

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